Jewish Museum of Florida - Miami Beach, FL - USA
N 25° 46.347 W 080° 08.068
17R E 586788 N 2850769
Quick Description: This stained glass is located in the Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami Beach, FL. The museum is in a building that used to be a synagogue which was designed by Henry Hohauser.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 12/29/2007 8:20:28 PM
Waymark Code: WM2W86
In 1936 the building that now houses the Jewish Museum of Florida was designed and constructed with plain glass windows. When Rabbi Moses Mescheloff joined Beth Jacob Congregation in 1937, he designed an artistic element to the building to create a focus for contemplation for his congregation. The congregation raised the money for the nearly 80 windows which were manufactured by a glass company in Hialeah, FL.
Rabbi Mescheloff wanted the windows to have symbols to proclaim the messages graphically of the foundations of Judaism, and to create an environment colorfully enriched with the aspirations of the Jewish people.
The images in the windows symbolize the determination of Jews to share in the creation of a better world and include the signs of the Zodiac that correspond to the Hebrew months, the Jewish holidays, themes from the Ethics of the Fathers (Torah, Temple Service and the practice of charity) and other elements of Judaism. These windows remind the worshipper that there is more than prayer and Torah to make them a good Jew; there must also be action and concern for others.
The Star of David, which is shown in many of the windows, is a symbol of Judaism and was the shield of David from the Bible, formed from two triangles representing body and soul.. The recurring pomegranate with its 613 seeds, also on the lower windows, symbolizes the 613 Mitzvot mentioned in the Torah that represent the fulfillment of God's commands. (The above text was copeid from the Jewish Museum website.)
Type of building where window is located: Museum
301 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL United States of America
Admission Charge: 6.00 (listed in local currency)
Days of Operation: Tues-Sun
Hours of Operation: From: 10:00 AM To: 5:00 PM
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